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#1 mx5ash

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 04:30 PM

sorry if this has been done to death but i'm looking for some advise on new tyres.
Currently i have Dunlop SP Sport 9000 205/40zr17 on all 4 corners. (they came with the wheels)
They are gonna need replacing soon. I do around 20,000 miles a year. I don't really drive the car that hard and am unlikely to use it for track days any time in the near future but it will be used in all weathers.
So what i am looking for is a fairly hard wearing tyre (can't afford to replace every few months) that has reasonable grip (in all weathers-it rains a lot in Ireland) at a sensible price.
Also i find that the 17" alloys with low profile tyres a little harsh over the poor Irish roads. So what would you recommend. Will the ride be improved by changing to a higher profile? would i be better off with slimmer tyres ie 195/50?
oh and a nice looking tyre would be good too.
Thanks for your help.
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Posted 15 April 2007 - 04:42 PM

My advice would be sell the 17's for as much as you can and replace with some 15's... tyres are cheap as chips and the car will handle much better!
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:29 PM

sorry if this has been done to death but i'm looking for some advise on new tyres.
Currently i have Dunlop SP Sport 9000 205/40zr17 on all 4 corners. (they came with the wheels)
They are gonna need replacing soon. I do around 20,000 miles a year. I don't really drive the car that hard and am unlikely to use it for track days any time in the near future but it will be used in all weathers.
So what i am looking for is a fairly hard wearing tyre (can't afford to replace every few months) that has reasonable grip (in all weathers-it rains a lot in Ireland) at a sensible price.
Also i find that the 17" alloys with low profile tyres a little harsh over the poor Irish roads. So what would you recommend. Will the ride be improved by changing to a higher profile? would i be better off with slimmer tyres ie 195/50?
oh and a nice looking tyre would be good too.
Thanks for your help.
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Toyo T1-R or Toyo T1-s might be a good choice. they are very highly recommended on all sites, are very cheap (59 for that size from camskill) and apparently have a soft side wall which will make them more comfortable. They are good in wet and dry, the only issue is tyre wear which some report as being not great, but they have a wear indicator rating of 280, which is same as goodyear eagle F1's, so might do you a year if you dont do track days etc.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 09:37 PM

can i fit any tyre from 195 to 215 on my 17" wheels?
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 08:52 AM

Yeah - does anyone know what the deal is with tyre widths? Are they specific to the wheel width? E.g. my BBR has the BBR wheels (OZ Plutons) and has tyres fitted in the size 205/50/15, I know I can vary the profile (50) a bit if I want but can/should I fit different width tyres? Only the choices for 15-inch 205-width tyres seems a bit limited, e.g. no Eagle F1s, etc. Surely someone must know the lowdown on this!
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 07:13 PM

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 08:31 PM

yea i believe you can. I have 205 40 17's all round on mine but I have heard and roc doc is using 195 40 17 on front and 215 40 17 on back, this gives less tram lining at front and more grip at back I have heard but can't verify
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